congratulations to Rick and good luck the rest of the playoffs--it was a fun
series for me.
From: Rick Prather <rickiebebo@xxxxxxxxx>
To: Charles Walter <scottsdalestars@xxxxxxxxx>; Ken Eickholt
<mcspuds98@xxxxxxx>; somiba <somiba@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tue, Apr 21, 2020 8:28 pm
Subject: Game 7 = ANA @ LAK
In the first period, Jordan missed the first shot of the game thanks to
Gobert's blank defense. Then Ingles got a dazzler on Lake K's first
possession. Lowry made two FT's but Gobert got fouled on an offensive rebound
and made both FT's. Seconds later, Jordan got an offensive foul for his 2nd
foul in 10 seconds and Jokic came in earlier than usual. Ingles got another
dazzler but Jokic got one too on the other end. Curry hit a jumper when
shooting a 3 was not an option but Jokic got another dazzler. Griffin got a
hoop and some harm but missed the FT. Jokic scored inside on a D-6 but Curry
answered on a switch getting a hoop and some harm and drawing the first foul on
Jokic. He made the FT for a 13-8 lead. Jokic got a D-7 on a switch which
would have been a miss not on a switch and Gobert couldn't get his 1-14 blocks
for a bucket instead. Curry scored on an X-10 switch against a 2-7, 10
defender. After Ingles missed his dazzlers, Jokic scored inside on a blank 6.
Griffin scored inside but Jokic again got a blank 6 inside. Griffin scored
inside on a D-5 but Ibaka got fouled on a three and made all three. Griffin
got a dazzler and this time Jokic's D-7 was an automatic miss. But Ibaka
tipped in the miss. Gobert got fouled again on another off reb and this drew
the second foul on Jokic, He made 1 of 2 FT's for 21-18 lead. Adebayo came
in for the foul trouble bigs and got an X-4 against Gobert's blank defense.
Pondexter got fouled on the break the other way and made both FT's including
one 10. After a turnover action card, an Opp Def 39 sent Smart to the line
with ANA over the limit. He made both FT's again getting a 10 to fall for a
26-19 lead, the biggest so far. Monk missed a three and Harrell scored on the
break with a D-7. Monk missed on a drive and Smart scored on the break with a
blank 10, and 30-19 lead. Murray stopped the 9-0 run with a hoop and some
harm. Gobert scored inside on a switch but Murray got an X1-5 to fall on a 3.
Gobert scored on another switch but Monk scored on a drive. Mason scored on a
jumper only because he got an open pass from Smart but Dedmon scored inside as
the teams were just trading baskets now. After both teams missed, Mason got a
FB dazzler for a 38-28 lead. Another turnover action card for ANA and Gobert
made two FT's including an 11. Ibaka scored on a blank 5 only because it was a
switch. Murray barely missed a three on a blank 6 and Pondexter scored on the
break. Monk missed a three with four seconds left but Ibaka tipped in the miss
and prevented another Lake K fast break chance. Lake K led 42-32 after the
first quarter with most of the starters resting half the quarter. Lake K out
shot ANA 73% to 54% from the field. ANA was 0 for 5 from distance while Lake K
was 0 for 3. You don't see many NBA quarters anymore where nether team makes a
three especially such a high scoring quarter. ANA only got 6 rebounds but four
of them were offensive. Gobert led the way with 15 points playing all 12
minutes. Every other Lake K player who played was out there for 6 minutes.
Curry had 7 and Griffin 6. Ibaka scored 9 points in 8 minutes while Jokic
scored 8 in 4 minutes. Lake K led 4-2 in dazzlers.
In the second period, the high scoring continued with the first four
possessions being Griffin dazzler, Lowry dazzler, Griffin dazzler, and Jokic
hoop and some harm, though he did miss the FT. Griffin got another dazzler and
then scored inside on a D-6 for the biggest lead so far at 50-36. Lowry
answered with a blank 3 three pointer. Harrell missed an open inside shot but
an off team reb allowed him a second chance and he scored the second time.
Harrell scored inside again but Lowry got a dazzler. Harrell got fouled with
Jokic guarding him but they gave Lowry the foul instead. He made both FT's for
a 56-41 lead. Griffin blocked Ibaka on an X-7 inside and then scored inside on
the other end. Jokic scored against Harrell's 2-5,11 defense with an X-5.
Harrell scored inside again and Jokic made 1 of 2 FT's. Griffin got a hoop and
some harm giving ANA four team fouls with still seven minutes left in the half.
Griffin scored open inside and pushed the lead to over twenty for the first
time at 65-44. Harrell got a hoop and some harm but again Jokic avoided his
3rd foul. He missed the FT to keep it 67-44. Lowry and Ingles traded
dazzlers. Jokic missed his 7-20 dazzlers but Griffin got another dazzler for
71-46 lead. Monk missed a three and Ibaka was called for a loose ball foul
giving Griffin FT's and he made both. Lowry got another blank 3 three pointer.
Ingles scored inside on a switch but Lowry got another dazzler. Harrell
scored first on a blank 11 and then after a steal on an X-3 against Jokic's 2-4
defense. ANA was called for a realistic technical and Curry made it 80-51 with
2:46 left. Gobert came back in and drew the third foul on Jokic. He made both
for a 31 point lead. Lowry hit a D-9 three and Pondexter made 1 of 2 FT's for
n 83-54 lead. Lowry was heating up even with Thompson guarding him and hit
another three on a blank 4. Dedmon scored inside and Lowry hit another three
on a blank 3. ANA ended the half on an 8-0 run and cut it down to 83-62
getting the 31 point deficit down to 21 with an 11-1 run over the last 2:09 of
the half. It's not often a team shoots 57% from the field in a half and trails
by over 20. But Lake K is out of their mind shooting 76% from the field! Lake
K is still 0 for 3 from downtown while ANA is 5 for 16, with Lowry 5 for 7.
That means everyone but Lowry is 0 for 12 from three among both teams. ANA was
held to 5 rebounds in the quarter and none were offensive. Even with some fast
breaking, Lake K kept their turnovers to just 3 while ANA has 7. Lake K got 17
points from Griffin and Gobert while Curry and Harrell each added 16. ANA had
three in double figures with Lowry's game high 19 points. Jokic was at 13 in
just 14 minutes and Ibaka scored 11 in 15 minutes. Lake K scored over 40
points in both quarters so far. Lake K now leads 9-6 in dazzlers.
In the third period, Ingles started things off with another dazzler. Jordan
made two FT's and Lowry hit another three on a D-9 to get the lead back to the
teens. Griffin got yet another dazzler for a 87-67 lead. Griffin scored
inside with Bradley playing safe with three fouls. Ibaka got fouled on another
off reb and made both FT;'s including one 12. Ibaka got a rare miss inside on
a blank 10 but Jordan got the rebound and led to a Murray three on a blank 2
cutting it to 17 three minutes in. Curry made two FT's on Lowry's 3rd foul but
Lowry was literally in the zone with a D-4 three pointer. Griffin missed a
three but an off team reb allowed Ingles to get another dazzler. Griffin got
another dazzler for a 95-75 lead and Lowry finally missed a three on a D-7.
Curry scored on a switch, and after an Ingles steal, Ingles slowed it down and
dished off another dazzler. Lowry missed a three and missed his own off reb.
Griffin scored inside for a 10-0 run. After ANA cut it to 16, it is now back
to 26 halfway through the quarter. Lowry ended the run with a dazzler. Smart
found his 1 turnover and Jokic got a dazzler. Lake K was called for charges on
two straight possessions but ANA turned it over both times including Jokic
missing his dazzlers. Harrell missed inside and Jokic the dazzler this time.
Smart scored on an unexpected off reb stopping six in a row for ANA. Jokic
missed on an off reb with an X-2 against Gobert's blank defense but got another
off reb and three point play the second time. He made the FT to get it back in
the teens at 103-84. Grant hit a three on a blank 2 to again get ANA within
16. Harrell answered inside on a blank 9. Pondexter scored on the break after
Murray missed on a drive. An Opp Def 22 was a steal for Mason but he missed
the FB shot and Jokic got a dazzler instead. With two seconds left, Harrell
missed inside to prevent it from being a 20 point game. With 12 minutes left
in one team's season, Lake K leads 107-89, but after what happened in Game 6,
it doesn't feel comfortable. Lake K now leads in FG shooting 70% to 52%. ANA
is 9 for 23 from three while Lake K is 0 for 4. ANA had as many rebounds (11)
in that quarter as they had in the first half and more than doubled their off.
reb's from 4 to 9. Lake K has 8 steals and 8 turnovers while ANA is 5 and 11
in those cat's. Curry, Griffin, Ingles, and Jokic all have 8 assists (and
Curry is the only one among them with no dazzlers on his card). Griffin and
Ingles each have 6 dazzlers while Jokic and Lowry each have 5. Lowry still has
a game high 25 while Griffin is at 23 and Curry 22. Gobert is now at 19 and
Harrell 18. Jokic is at 16 and Ibaka 13 with Jokic approaching a triple double
with 8 rebounds.
In the fourth period, four of the five on the court for ANA have three fouls
including Jokic, Ibaka,and Lowry. Harrell is the only with 3 for Lake K.
Lowry and Ingles traded dazzlers on the first possession for each team. Jokic
got one next. Griffin missed a three and Ingles was called for a loose ball
foul. Then Jokic got another dazzler to make it a 14 point game, the closest
ANA had been since early in the second quarter. Harrell missed inside and
Bradley scored on a drive to cut it to 12. Griffin scored inside on a blank 8
with exactly 10 minutes left. Bradley hit a jumper on a blank 6 and then
finally Lake K made their first three of the game when Ingles got a D-8. Jokic
scored inside on a D-5 and Harrell scored on an X-2 against Jokic's 2-4
defense. Jokic found his 1-6 turnovers and Thompson came out of nowhere with
no points in 29 minutes to drain a three on a blank 5. I almost didn't know he
was playing. Lake K leads 119-101 with 8:39 left. Ingles scored inside on a
switch to restore the twenty point lead at 121-101 on an 8-0 run. Jokic ended
the run scoring inside and ANA went to PRESS defense but it caused a 4th foul
on Jokic instead. Ingles turned it over on his 1-5 turnovers but Jokic missed
inside. Harrell scored inside to make it 123-103 with 6:38 to go. Another
turnover action card for ANA and Thompson hit another three on a switch. Murry
hit a three on a blank 11 and Jokic got another dazzler. Griffin scored inside
and Jokic got another dazzler. Ingles got another dazzler but Murray hit
another three. Ingles missed his dazzlers but Monk missed a three on a blank
6. Griffin scored inside on D-5 for a 132-113 lead with 2:50 left. With two
minutes left and a 19 point lead, Lake K cleared the bench and Leuer
immediately scored inside. Lake K goes on to win 136-115 and avoids the Game 6
collapse all over again. Lake K shot an amazing 71% from the field for the
game with the season on the line. Griffin went for a game high 31 points with
9 rebounds and 8 assists with 6 dazzlers. Curry added 24 points and 10
assists. Harrell chipped in 22 points and Ingles had a game high 12 assists on
8 dazzlers. Lowry led ANA with 29 points but missed his last three 3's. He
also had 9 assists on 6 dazzlers. Jokic just missed a triple double with 22
points, 9 rebounds and a game high 12 assists on 9 dazzlers. Ibaka came back
down to earth with only 15 points after being ungodly for four straight games.
He still average 30.7 points in the 7 game series.